Phoenix Rises At Debney's Park
First Season A Success For Newmarket Phoenix
Debney's Park has been the home of a number of clubs in recent years, the North Lions and Flemington Eagles being two of them.
By the start of 2014, neither club was able to continue, leaving more than 100 local children from the Flemington area without a local Club to enjoy the game they love.
At the conclusion of the 2014 season, a group of proactive football players from the Parkville Panthers gathered together representatives from the City of Moonee Valley, Football Federation Victoria and Urban Seed to discuss the issues facing the residents around Debney's Park.
Their goal was simple enough; bring together the key members from the North Lions, Flemington Eagles, Parkville Panthers and community sporting groups such as the Australian Oromo Community Association, to form a new club to provide access to the game for the residents around Debney's Park.
Some of the early challenges were easy to resolve but even with support from Council, FFV, and the wider community there were still many hurdles to overcome.
Financial issues and lack of volunteer support were two of the issues that saw North Lions and Flemington Eagles come to an end.
This time around the club already had a strong committee in place, supported by Nat Gilbert from Urban Seed who would work closely with the committee on planning and governance.
Rising from the ashes of the former clubs, the Newmarket Phoenix opened its inaugural season with 109 players in AIA Vitality MiniRoos, Junior and Senior competitions.
What unfolded over the course of 2015 was nothing short of amazing.
With support from major sponsors, Local, State and Federal Government, Newmarket Phoenix made its stamp on the local community at event days, fundraisers and even spearheaded an initiative to remove graffiti around Flemington.
The end of the season capped off with the Club’s first presentation evening; a wonderful night attended by around 300 club members, family, friends and supporters.
Attendees were The Hon. Adam Bandt MP, Federal Member for Melbourne, The Hon. Danny Pearson MP, State Member for Essendon, and Cr Cam Nation from the Moonee Valley City Council.
It has been an exciting year for the Newmarket Phoenix and the Clubs plans for 2016 include a strong focus on women and girls, and of course taking home a few pennants.